The shawl, it continues to grow.

Modern Art Shawl 

I’m a little worried I might have a stinker on my hands. When I bought the yarn, I was hestiating at Knitty City between a lace-weight Dream in Color in a wine color and this vareigated Fleece Artist yarn. The Dream in Color yarn was actually cheaper, yardage-wise, and a semi-solid. I had actually planned to buy a solid or a semi-solid color. But buoyed by the success of my other vareigated shawl, and lured by the splotches of hot pink in the Fleece Artist skeins, I bought the variegated. I fear that it may turn out looking like a ground-up Rainbow Brite doll, but even so, I’m going to wear it around, because it’s taken quite a lot of work to knit. Plus, I hate ripping.

Knitting Skull 

My boss found this shirt in a package of stuff sent to our office last year and dropped it off at my desk, and now that it’s finally hot, I can wear it. It says “Needle Dudes.”

On another note, Adam and I were talking about how local yarn stores can compete with the internet, and he wondered if they had tried teaching knitting in schools, to breed future customers. I started laughing because I had recently read a David Sedaris article where he talked about visiting tobacco factories as a school field trip (complete with free cigarettes), and I remembered that a friend (and occasional commenter) had mentioned going to the local bread factory as a child. I don’t think we went to anything as super-branded as a tobacco factory as a field trip when I was kid (though I do remember visiting some television show which starred someone from Laugh-In, which was way before our time, and thus, not very impressive). It seems a bit intense to try to sell yarn (or tobacco) to kids through school, though I do remember during a crochet phase in my youth, sending away for some sort of yarn newsletter that came with sample cards on their newest yarn. (I have no idea how I found this company or their address, since this was years before the internet, though I suspect it may have been through this book I had, which had the addresses of many weird clubs kids could write to and ask for membership. I remember being particularly taken with the idea of joining a sugar-packet collectors club, which speaks highly of my coolness factor in elementary school.) We had a sewing class in junior high, which required buying fabric, and I know many Waldorf schools teach their students to knit, so maybe knitting in the schools is a good way to create future customers.



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5 Responses to “The shawl, it continues to grow.”

  1. May 28th, 2008 at 8:49 am #Elizabeth

    We visited a local turkey farm when I was in school. Plainville is a major turkey supplier and they also apparently love school groups (it was a family owned and operated business until a year or so ago when it got too big for the family and they sold half of it off). Honestly, it was by far the coolest field trip ever.

  2. May 28th, 2008 at 12:43 pm #Adam

    We had “the Egg Lady,” who came in to the elementary schools and taught kids about the “incredible, edible egg.” I can’t find any info about her on the web. Probably because it was pre-Google.

    We also had a guy from western Kansas come in, usually for the Fourth Graders, and would cook buffalo burgers—to promote buffalo meat as a healthy alternative to beef (and to create future customers).

  3. May 28th, 2008 at 9:21 pm #Lapin Agile

    My third-grade class went to a rabbit farm and cooed over all the cute little rabbits and how sweet and charming they were. Then they took us to the gift shop, where we could buy rabbit’s feet and rabbit fur, and I thought: Hey, wait a minute . . . That’s when I learned that thinking only gets you into trouble. And I bought a rabbit’s foot, so I guess I wasn’t too terribly traumatized.

  4. May 29th, 2008 at 7:56 am #Sarah

    Oh wow, are you talking about our class trip to ‘Buster’s Ape Show’?!? I remember that!

  5. June 1st, 2008 at 10:42 am #michele

    cool shirt (and jacket). as for the shawl i would say keep going with it. i bailed on a variegated shawl (and even sent the wool off to someone else) and now wish i had just continued with it. shawls always look better once off the needles.